Dunwoody leaders and residents recently celebrated the opening of Waterford Park, a new seven-acre greenspace on land previously owned by the Waterford Swim and Racquet Club.

The city hosted a June 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the park, which was built after the Dunwoody City Council approved using $125,000 in District 1 DeKalb County park bond funds to buy the property from the club in December 2019.

“It is a great enhancement not only for your neighborhood but for our community,” Mayor Lynn Deutsch said at the ceremony. “Any opportunity we have to increase the amount of greenspace and parks and recreation assets for our community is just a great thing.”

According to a news release, the park opened with only the first of two phases completed. Phase 1 included the refurbishing of two tennis courts and a pavilion, plus new sidewalks, parking, fencing, lights and rails. In 2022 the city plans to start work on Phase 2, which will include a bathroom, playground, trails and bridges to connect surrounding neighborhoods, Dunwoody spokeswoman Jennifer Boettcher said.

“When we could not save our pool, we wanted to have a safe place for families to continue to get together,” Danica Henry, a Waterford Neighborhood Association board member, said in the release. “Neighbors have always taken walks on the property, so we were also interested in walking paths and a way to connect neighborhoods. We are excited to see our vision come to life and thank the city of Dunwoody for making this possible.”

The club’s former pool was taken out and replaced with a sod meadow. The tennis courts are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservation system. The park is located at 4565 Dellrose Drive.

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